How To Shape A Bagel
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Divide your dough. If combining a few smaller pieces, stack them with the smallest on top.
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Fold all the edges of the dough across the center creating a smooth surface against the counter.
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Flip the dough smooth side up. In a cupped hand, slide it toward you. Rotate 90 degrees and repeat.
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Flip the dough over and use flour-coated hands to poke a thumb through the “seam” at the bottom.
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Stick your other thumb in and squeeze while rotating the dough to stretch it.
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Stretch, don’t tear. The hole will shrink when it bakes. It should be ~1/3 the width of the bagel.
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